In an effort to arrive at an original image I appropriate symbols, motifs and techniques from the breadth of American painting. I seek to interpret and define the intersection, as I see it, between Early American painting and specific, subsequent art movements. This intersection is realized through a systematic dismantling of traditional iconography and genres to yield a final product.
“For the Fort”
“For the Fort” seeks a departure from the stringencies of academia and my strife to reconcile the long traditions of representational painting with that of modern abstraction.
Aptly titled, “For the Fort” addresses my existing subject matter with a boyish naivety. Conveyed through assemblage, mixed media and paint I allow myself the freedom to indulge rudimentary craft. Each piece exists as if it were an adornment for the proverbial fort, banners, collections and shields to be hung, to define my make believe space.
These works contain materials collected from or associated with my childhood, targets, ammunition boxes, stamps, ruined denim, buttons, bearings, furniture tacks and more. Each are held together with the most elementary of building supplies, joint compound, roofing nails, wood glue, fiber tape and polymer resin. These building supplies are not only integral to the finished composition but theconstruction by which each piece is realized. This process allows each work to exist unabashedly in opposition to traditional painting practices.